San Antonio's Tim Duncan, already considered one of the best players in the NBA, overwhelmingly won the league's Rookie of the Year award today.
Duncan, the first rookie to play in the All-Star game since Grant Hill in 1995, received 113 of a possible 116 votes (97 percent) from a panel of NBA writers and broadcasters. New Jersey's Keith Van Horn got the other three votes.The margin of victory was the biggest since Shaquille O'Neal received 98 percent of the vote in 1992-93.
"It's a goal I had coming into this year," Duncan said in San Antonio after receiving the Rookie of the Year trophy.
Duncan, the first pick in last year's NBA draft, averaged 21.1 points, 11.9 rebounds, 2.7 assists, 2.5 blocks per game and shot .549 from the field.
Duncan led all rookies in scoring, rebounding, blocks and field goal percentage and ranked seventh in assists. He ranked third in rebounding, fourth in field goal percentage, sixth in blocks and 13th in scoring among all players.